And she’s never been afraid to share her successes and struggles. The 40-year-old set a goal to lose 11 kilograms with WW following the birth of her daughter Rani Rose (born October 2, 2018). Dropping the pregnancy weight this time around was a longer, tougher process than after she had her sons, Kate revealed as the December 2019 cover star of Women's Health US. “Unlike with the other two, I didn’t really have time to work out,” she says. “It took a different kind of discipline.”
Kate has also been extremely candid about her wellness journey on social media. In April, she posted a long message on her Instagram, where she got real about her progress since giving birth. Now, over a year postpartum, Kate tells Women's Health, “I feel good, energetic, and strong. I feel like myself again.”
The actress says she squeezes in three to four workouts a week, and prefers to switch up her routine (Hint: The Mirror and a LOT of Pilates is involved). But what exactly does Kate do on the reg to get (and stay) so fit?
1. Kate turns to her trainer
Kate gives Instagram shout outs to her trainer, Nicole Stuart, all. the. time. Probably because the friends have been working together for over 20 years—"I've known her since I was 19 years old," says Kate. Right now, Stuart says they try to meet up once or twice a week. Their training mainly focuses on Pilates, with both strength and cardio components.
2. Speaking of Pilates, Kate's kind of in love with it
It should come as no surprise due to her dedicated training with Stuart, but Kate is a big fan of Pilates. Her IG is a testament to that fact, as she posts lots and lots of content about the workout. She’s shared exercises on the reformer multiple times, declaring the core-centric workout as her number-one.
"I know I'm at my strongest is when I'm doing my Pilates because it never gets easier. The more you do Pilates the harder the things you can do become," says Kate. "I love how flexible I feel and I like what it does to the shape of my body."
3. She's a dancing queen
Girl's got moves and she’s not afraid to show ‘em. "I like to do any kind of dance workout," says Kate. Stuart says you’ll find Kate casually dancing around her apartment or at parties. (A WH kind of gal!)
Stuart also notes: "I think cardio is really important, not necessarily running a long distance, but doing something that will get your heart rate up, which is why we love dance."
Recently, Kate has also become a big fan of pole dancing. (She even has her own a pole at home!)
4. Kate is a dedicated yogi
The actress shared that her pregnancy with Rumi was very challenging—she regularly felt very sick, especially during workouts.
But, recently on Instagram, she revealed that yoga was a major part of her fitness focus during this time.
"Yoga was a huge part of supporting my pregnancy," she captioned a photo for International Yoga Day that showed off her stomach. "I loved my practice with my growing belly and connecting to her beautiful spirit." Now, she also regularly includes hot yoga into her weekly fitness rotation.
5. She's a fan of Peloton
"I have the Peloton Tread, I just got it and I love Peloton," says Kate. "I think they make it so easy to have 'no excuse' workouts. [I can spend] 10 minutes doing a little mile run instead of just sitting there doing nothing." In the past, Kate has also been caught spinning on her at-home Peloton bike on Instagram stories.
6. She takes her workouts outside
It's no secret that Kate loves the great outdoors—just check out her totally swoon-worthy photos on Instagram for proof.
So naturally, she brings that into her fitness routine too. “There are times when I’m so busy with work that I don’t have time for a proper exercise session. But I’ll go for a hike instead," Kate told Women's Health UK.
In fact, her very first date with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa took place on the trail. “A year ago today Danny took me on a hike and what I thought was just a hike with a family friend turned very quickly into an unexpected first date,” Kate wrote in an Instagram caption. Awww!
7. Kate keeps fitness fun
Rather than view fitness as a chore, Kate has said time and time again that she genuinely loves breaking a sweat. And she finds all kinds of fun ways to stay active.
Just take this hilarious routine Kate and Stuart created together using an extra creative exercise tool: wine bottles. Now that's a workout I can really get behind.
Kate loves testing new workouts: "You name it—we always try new things," Stuart says of her longtime client.
One example: Kate posted a number of Instagram stories with the Mirror, an in-home device that streams workouts. “Never done it. Don’t know anything about it. About to try it,” she said. Right now, she's also a big fan of Body By Simone and Brazilian Butt Lift workouts.
Cheers (with wine bottle weights!) to the hard work, Kate.
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This article originally appeared on Women's Health US